Supreme Court Refuses Body Scanner Case
A rundown of cases the court refused to hear as new session open
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Oct 1, 2012 12:17 PM CDT
An traveller is patted down by a TSA agent at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago.   (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

(Newser) – The new Supreme Court term, which begins today, won't include a review of TSA body scanners: Justices have refused to take on a man's appeal in a case against the machines, which was also dismissed by federal courts in Florida and Washington, the AP reports. Nor will justices take on a lawsuit, rejected by lower courts, by a family against the Wackenhut security firm, whose guards raped and killed the family's daughter in 1979. A criminal trial found six people guilty in the case; lower courts said the company couldn't be sued for a death so long ago.

Justices have also refused an anti-gay marriage group's appeal, on free speech grounds, against the release of its donor list. Maine law requires groups collecting or spending more than $5,000 in an election to reveal donors; the National Organization for Marriage gave $1.9 million to a PAC involved in the repeal of its gay marriage law. The court will, however, dive into the gay marriage issue itself; click for a look at other major civil rights concerns it will address. Among other cases justices have refused:

  • A Nebraska anti-abortion group's appeal to fight for a blocked 2010 state abortion law requiring women seeking abortions to undergo health screenings.
  • A family's lawsuit over a police officer's fatal shooting of a suicidal boy who threatened him with a knife.
  • A debate over whether Minnesota judicial candidates should be able to endorse other elections' candidates; currently, the practice is banned.

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Oct 2, 2012 8:38 PM CDT
Typically the SCOTUS provides reasons based on legal or Constitutional flaws in a case when it refuses to hear one. The TSA scanners would seem to present an excellent test of our Constitutional protections against searches without probable cause. I wonder WHY the Court did not take advantage of this opportunity - and I wish Newser had supplied a link to further discussion of and info about this decision. And I certainly hope this is not the end of Supreme Court challenges to the TSA and Homeland Security in general.
Oct 2, 2012 10:31 AM CDT
They need to pay a helluva lot more attention to articles going through their scanners. A female fire fighter was allowed to pass through OIA with a loaded hand gun in her purse. Upon landing, she reported it and was not charged. The workers, however, are being "scanned".
Oct 1, 2012 8:10 PM CDT
Police State Pricks.